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traction bars

I saw some other threads about the jd traction bars and i want to get some but my question is once i get my 4" super lift will they work with that. and if anyone has them post pics if you can from where the mount to the spring plate and to the frame. And where can i get them.
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One more thing does it hurt the ability to flex at all. And will i have to drop the gas tank to install them.
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I'm prety sure 4wheelparts would have them and/or be able to order them, any offroad shop like that.

I'm pretty sure they'd work with a 4" lift, you'd just have to mount them a bit further back on the frame to accomodate for the lower mounting point on the axle when the rear lift is put on. You wouldn't have to drop the gas tank to put 'em on, but it might be tricky with it there. Ask Jason (RngPrerunner), he's had some before and could walk you through the install and tell you what all you'd need/need to do. As for flexing, I would think that they would definitely limit your rear suspensions' movement, as they are meant for reducing axle-wrap and keeping the power on the ground, so I would see that as a restriction, but I never flex and I've never used them before so I wouldn't know.
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ill see if i can find my post with my pics of the install. i dont see why you wouldnt be able to run them as the superlift kit raises the rear by blocks right? so i dont think it would effect the installation of them. but you will have to modify the axle bracket, as posted by bob in the link below, as you have an 8.8 31 spline axle, which the bracket is only "made" to bolt directly to a 7.5/8.8 28 spline axle. other than that, everything is straight in.

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I have them on my truck and it does not limit the flex what so ever on my truck. They are not a hard instal and you do not need to drop the tank.

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Decent (not max) flex on 32s with stock suspension and traction bars...

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Here the link

And heres a pic from the other day, doesnt look like flex is harmed.

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Cool if you dont mind me asking how much were they. And what is the kit called.
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They were no more than $50 if i remember correct. I can post a link later or you can find them on the James duff site.
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They were no more than $50 if i remember correct. I can post a link later or you can find them on the James duff site.

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but since the popularity of these has risen, so has the price.

James Duff Traction Bars


They are now $89, i dont remember if i bought tehm for $89 or $79, but either way, well worth it!!!
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the regular ones or the long link traction bars?
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the regular ones or the long link traction bars?
Regular ones, the long link kit is around $300.00.
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oh ok thanks.
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oh wow, I could have sworn I only paid around 40-50 when I got mine. Almost positive.
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I broke mine. :(

4.10's 4.0SOHC and 30x11 inch tires. no bueno.
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Where'd it break?
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Bent down, in the middle.. torque'd it.. making the clamp itself bend. or mounting bracket
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One reason i love my 3.0, i don't think i'll ever break anything from too much power...
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One reason i love my 3.0, i don't think i'll ever break anything from too much power...
Damn 3.0's, it'd be nice to have the extra power off-road though!

If only I could combine Leo's power with my suspension.
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Do they work if you have AAL's ?
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i wouldnt know why not, the aal doesnt change much
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Yeah, they'll work.
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